The 10 Best technology guides
From app designing to blogging, we all need help with computing. Here are some of the best guides to the new world of IT
Samuel Muston is deputy editor & food editor of The Independent Magazine. He writes a weekly food column – On the Menu – which appears in The Independent on Friday and i on Monday. And also travel and general features. Follow him on Instagram at @smuston
Wednesday 31 July 2013
Don't know a computer cloud from one in the sky? Check out this exploration of cloud-based computing. Fully updated, it takes a case-study approach – assessing the pros and cons of a cloud-based approach for a given situation.
£25.70, Recursive Press
A friend's recommendation is more influential than any impersonal advert, and in the world of Twitter and Facebook, a nod to a product or service is disseminated at light speed. This book teaches you how to make social media work for you or your business.
£12.99, McGraw-Hill Professional
Gives fledgling bloggers a leg up, with advice on everything from design to finance, developing an audience and overcoming blogger's block.
£10.99, Chronicle Books
This book showcases 650 examples of the best online design around. An indispensable guide to design style, elements, site types and structure, and with the bonus of a handy section on keeping your site up to date.
£19.99, HOW Design Books
In the digital world, creating a distinctive "voice" can be a challenge. This book takes you by the hand and demonstrates – with case studies – how blogs, podcasts, videos and ebooks can be optimised to play well with your chosen audience.
£13.99, John Wiley & Sons
A "how-to-do-everything" guide for the world's favourite tablet computer. It takes you through how to import, create and play back media as well as giving you the heads-up on how to get the best from Siri and fully integrated social media.
£18.99, O'Reilly Media
Here the co-founder of LinkedIn applies the knowledge he's collected in online networking (and developing one of Silicon Valley's most recognisable brands) to helping you to make the most of your own career and future.
£7.99, Random House Business
Ever wondered why some companies come up at the top when you do a Google search? Well, in this book Tim Kitchen explains why it happens and how you can make sure your foray into the digital world is search-engine-optimised. Whether you are a business, a blogger, or a start-up website, you'll want to get your hands on this book.
£10.48, CreateSpace Independent Publishing
An invaluable book if you want to learn the secrets behind creating user-friendly, up-to-date Android apps. A solid foundation for any app developer.
£34.50, O'Reilly Media
Easy to follow and mercifully free of jargon, Sarah McHarry's book is perfect for those just finding their feet in the world of online writing. By no means fully comprehensive, but a good one to get you out of the starting blocks.
£6.45, CreateSpace Independent Publishing
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